A note from our founder...

The seeds of Comedy 50:50 started in February 2018 when I attended ERA 50:50 at BAFTA. ERA stands for Equal Representation for Actresses and their mission statement is:

‘ERA 50:50 wants to see women represented on screen, in television and theatre in equal numbers to men. Currently women are systemically under represented. This does not accurately represent our society. It distorts our view of the real world. Equal representation for Actresses, for Audiences, for All. Equal means 50:50.’

Who We Are:

Saskia Schuster

Founder Comedy 50:50

Saskia is Controller for Comedy at ITV, commissioning hour long comedy dramas, half hour scripted comedy, sketch shows and comedy entertainment formats.

Commissions for ITV include Glass Houses, Bad Move, The Keith and Paddy Picture Show, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule, Birds Of A Feather, Benidorm, Through The Keyhole, The Imitation Game, Play To The Whistle, The Delivery Man, Vicious and for ITV2 Timewasters, Action Team, Plebs, Celebrity Juice, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Don’t Hate The Playaz, Coming In America, Shopping with Keith Lemon, Iain Stirling’s CelebAbility, The Job Lot, @elevenish, Glitchy.

Emma Barnard

Project Manager Comedy 50:50

Emma is Development Co-Ordinator for ITV, working across scripted comedy and comedy entertainment shows.

FAQ'S

I’m a writer. Can I still add myself to the database?

Yes. Go to the database tab and click on ‘I am a writer’. You will then receive a link to set yourself up.

My CV is on the database. Can I update it?

Yes, you have your own log-in details and can access and update your profile at any time.

What can I put on the database?

You can upload whatever you want including CVs, showreels, short films, biogs.

Is it free?

Yes. It is a free resource for writers, producers and agents.

Who has access to my details?

Producers, agents and broadcasters provided that they have met our security requirements and created a company log-in.

I’m having problems using the database. Who can I contact for help?

Email comedyfiftyfifty@itv.com

Is the database only for UK based writers?

No, anyone can be included on the database as long as they have at least one professional writing credit. This can be short film, film, radio, television, theatre or podcast.